School responds to pharmacist shortage

As the number of new medications coming to the market soars and as an aging population requires more medications, the demand for pharmacists is outpacing the supply. But the demand is not equally high in all geographic regions. Some populations are severely underserved by pharmacists who are the only members of the health care team trained thoroughly in drug actions, interactions, and economics. The School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco is challenging this problem through a new training program for Doctor of Pharmacy students in California's Central San Joaquin Valley city of Fresno—a city that is especially hard hit by the pharmacist shortage. For more information: The Pharmacist Workforce: A Study of the Supply and Demand For Pharmacists (PDF, 100 pages, 1.5 MB), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.